Khushwant Singh, an Indo-Anglian novelist, lawyer, politician and journalist, died on March 20, 2014 at the age of 99. Khushwant Singh was best known for his trenchant secularism, his humor, and an abiding love of poetry. His comparisons of social and behavioral characteristics of Westerners and Indians are laced with acid wit.
He was the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India.
His last book The Good, The Bad and The Ridiculous was published in October 2013, following which he retired from writing.